Ludicrous Lionel Blasts Bozell, 'NewsBastard'

The Air America artist known as "Lionel" reacted badly on his radio show Thursday when he discovered MRC president Brent Bozell wrote a column blasting his celebration of the San Francisco zoo tiger that killed a 17-year-old boy. He wasn’t apologizing: "Whenever the animals fight back and win, I don't know, I just like it somehow...it's fair."Did anyone tell him they shot the tiger? He also tried to extend his remarks on rooting for the death of Steve Irwin, TV’s "Crocodile Hunter":

"This fellow that I hated, and it's tragic that he died, Steve Irwin...and that weird, bad-seed daughter of his, Bindi, that weird-looking kid...Remember when he held his baby, and there was a crocodile? I'm thinking, 'What are you doing?' and I'm saying, 'Come on, croc, get him, get him, get him.' Quit playing with these things....As you know, he was in the water...and there was a stingray and a barb that got him right in the heart. Why? Because he went towards the stingray, who thought he was being attacked! OK, the stingray won...so I'm saying, 'Strike one for nature'...It's quasi-sardonic! I don't know how to explain a dead-baby joke to you. You ever heard those? They're terrible because they're terrible."

After reading some of the Bozell column, he blasted Brent for being humorless bought teens mauled by tigers: "When you laugh at somebody, you have to like them...Imagine your worst enemy, coming in and telling the funniest joke. You will not laugh, no matter what they say. So, if Brent Bozell thinks I'm a liberal, whatever that means, right off the bat nothing I say is funny."He also mocked our blog:

"Who was that dork from NewsBlasters, or NewsBastard...?"

PS: Lionel is heard in the Washington DC market now from 9 to noon on our local "Progressive Talk" station WWRC (with the weak signal). They even replay him from 7 to 10 PM. Stephanie Miller and Randi Rhodes were moved to WWWT (formerly the failure known as Washington Post Radio.)

Tim Graham
Tim Graham
Tim Graham is Executive Editor of NewsBusters and is the Media Research Center’s Director of Media Analysis